A Collective Vision
There is a strong ethic for environmental protection in the Hindu teachings, such as in the 'Tri Hita Karana', which teaches the need for harmony between humans, between humans and their environment, and between humans and their God.
The Tat Twam Asi also teaches tolerance and universal love to all animate creatures, and the Tumpek Kandang embodies a ritual respect for animals, while the Tumpak Bubuh embodies a ritual respect for plants.
As Hinduism is an agrarian religion, the Balinese people have the image of being closely connected to nature. Up until now, a substantial change in policies from the top is not yet visible, especially to deal with the 'as many as possible' policy that has become such a 'holy curse' for Balinese tourism.
Actually, without encouragement to recognize previous mistakes and correct tem, Bali could be headed towards an environmental catastrophe. Understanding that the process of making people aware can be the crucial element in solving the problem of environmental 'immunity' that is descending on many authorities and the community in general, Balinese NGOs that are concerned about the environment often concentrate their efforts on education through awareness.
The recent environmental destruction as a result of the riots has made it clear hoe extensive the problem of a lack of awareness is in Bali. There is still a long way to go before Bali can be considered as an 'environmentally friendly' island. Hopefully soon the tide will turn and the message will be clear to all, while there still the opportunity.
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